With not one but two new Tomb Raider games announced during E3 this year, Lara Croft is already awfully busy, but not so busy that she can't star in a new novel. Coming from DK Publishing and written by Dan Abnett and Nik Vincent, Tomb Raider: The Ten Thousand Immortals will arrive in October.

The novel takes place immediately following 2013's Tomb Raider, and it sees Lara dealing with the aftermath of her ordeal on Yamatai. More pressingly, Lara is "plunged into a frantic race to save her best friend Sam from a toxic overdose," which she hopes to cure with an ancient artifact instead of, you know, medicine. As a bonus, the artifact could "possibly help explain the supernatural events she witnessed on Yamatai." Naturally, Lara isn't the only one after the artifact – she'll also have to deal with "a nefarious magnate, a shadow society, and lethal henchmen." What's the deal with archaeologists and nefarious magnates, anyway?

As for the meaning behind the subtitle, The Ten Thousand Immortals, the announcement offers no hints. Something to do with China's famous Terracotta Army, perhaps?
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DK Publishing Announces Tomb Raider: The Ten Thousand Immortals
Indianapolis, IN – June 27th, 2014 – DK, a division of Penguin Random House is thrilled to reveal the publishing of Tomb Raider: The Ten Thousand Immortals. The novel broadens the Tomb Raider®world, and continues the storyline introduced in the award-winning and critically-acclaimed Tomb Raider video game, released March 2013. The storyline is written in conjunction with the developers at Crystal Dynamics, and is authored by New York Times best-selling author Dan Abnett and Nik Vincent. Tomb Raider: The Ten Thousand Immortals will release in October 2014.

The novel picks up Lara's journey immediately following the game's ending. Haunted by what she was forced to endure in order to survive her first adventure, Lara Croft® wants only to put her horrifying ordeal on Yamatai island behind her. Her modest wish shatters as she's plunged into a frantic race to save her best friend Sam from a toxic overdose. Desperate for a remedy, Lara searches for anything that could help Sam. A wisp of hope arising from a myth gives Lara purpose: the story of an ancient and mysterious artifact that could heal her dying friend, and possibly help explain the supernatural events she witnessed on Yamatai.

However, Lara is not alone in her pursuit of the treasure. A nefarious magnate, a shadow society, and lethal henchmen will stop at nothing to exploit the powerful relic for their own ends. The hunt drives Lara across the globe, through a twisted web of conspiracy, suspicious contacts, and life-or-death intrigue, as she seeks salvation for her friend and the truth behind the legendary talisman.

Tomb Raider: The Ten Thousand Immortals is available now for pre-order wherever books are sold. To request a review copy, please contact Katie Hemlock at katie.hemlock@bradygames.com.

About the Authors
Dan Abnett is a multiple New York Times best-selling author and an award-winning comic book writer. He has written more than forty-five novels, including two books for younger readers. In comics, he is known for his work on the Guardians of the Galaxy for Marvel and the The New Deadwardians for Vertigo and is a regular contributor to the British 2000AD, with series including Kingdom and the classicSinister Dexter. He also writes screenplays, and has written extensively for the games industry, including the forthcoming Alien:Isolation and Shadow of Mordor. Dan is published in well over a dozen languages and has sold millions of books worldwide. He was educated at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, and lives and works in Maidstone, Kent.
Nik Vincent began working as a freelance editor, but has published work in a number of mediums including advertising, training manuals, comics and short stories. She has worked as a ghost writer, and regularly collaborates with her partner, Dan Abnett. Nik was educated at Stirling University, and lives and works in Maidstone, Kent.

About TOMB RAIDER
The TOMB RAIDER franchise has sold over 42 million copies worldwide and inspired one of the most successful video game film adaptations in history, grossing over $300 million at the global box office with protagonist Lara Croft becoming a contemporary global icon. TOMB RAIDER, released March 5, 2013 has received over 70 "Best of" nominations and is the fastest selling game in the history of the franchise with more than 6.5 million units sold. TOMB RAIDER: DEFINITIVE EDITION released January 28, 2014 and is one of the highest rated games on next generation systems. All of this has made TOMB RAIDER once again a destination brand for action-adventure.

About Square Enix, Inc.
Square Enix, Inc. develops, publishes, distributes and licenses SQUARE ENIX, EIDOS® and TAITO® branded entertainment content throughout the Americas as part of the Square Enix Group. The Square Enix Group operates a global network of leading development studios and boasts a valuable portfolio of intellectual property, including: FINAL FANTASY, which has sold over 110 million units worldwide; DRAGON QUEST®, which has sold over 64 million units worldwide; TOMB RAIDER®, which has sold over 42 million units worldwide; and the legendary SPACE INVADERS®. Square Enix, Inc. is a U.S.-based, wholly-owned subsidiary of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd.

More information on Square Enix, Inc. can be found at http://www.na.square-enix.com/.
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About DK Publishing

DK is the bestselling and award-winning publisher known for informing, entertaining, and educating global audiences through beautifully designed content. DK also publishes the Eyewitness series for children and Eyewitness Travel Guides. BradyGames, Alpha Books, and Rough Guides are also available from DK, a division of Penguin Random House. http://us.dk.com

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